Sros is a 30-year-old NGO staff member from Cambodia. She works for an education organization and her husband is a chef. They have one son together. She enjoys teaching children, and going on bike rides with her son. She also enjoys reading English books and listening to music on her mobile phone.
Three years ago, Sros developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her severe irritation, redness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil.
When Sros learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. Sros needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 10th.
Sros said, “This eye problem has made it difficult for me to work and take care of my son, but my husband has worked hard to keep our family in good health. Now I hope I can help him so he can relax.”